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Members unanimously approve green belt solar farm against officer advice

Members unanimously approve green belt solar farm against officer advice

Plans for a 38-hectare solar farm on green belt in Essex have been approved against the advice of planning officers, after members decided that the scheme’s provision of green energy constituted a “very special circumstance” necessary to justify consent.

Plans refused for 130-hectare green belt solar farm against officer advice

Plans refused for 130-hectare green belt solar farm against officer advice

A Hertfordshire council has refused plans for a solar farm across 130 hectares of green belt land, contrary to a recommendation for consent from planners who advised that harm to the green belt would be outweighed by benefits which included a “significant net gain in biodiversity”.

Housebuilder and council submit plans for 1,000-home Essex urban extension

Housebuilder and council submit plans for 1,000-home Essex urban extension

A housebuilder and county council have jointly submitted plans for more than 1,000 homes, over a third of which would be affordable, on an allocated greenfield site on the edge of an Essex town.

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The authorities that are using planning powers to cut carbon emissions

The authorities that are using planning powers to cut carbon emissions

A growing number of councils are setting pioneering low-carbon planning policies. We highlight three local authority planners whose authorities are pushing the envelope